Most visitors arrive at Port Lions to cast a line into the bountiful waters that surround it. The sheltered bays between Kodiak, Afognak, and Raspberry islands are home to some of the richest fisheries in Alaska. In May and June, trophy kings can be caught in the bays and in August, silvers begin to appear. A halibut, some topping 300 pounds, can be hooked almost anytime from May through September while fishing excursions in July often result in a mixed bag of kings, silvers, and halibut. Nearby streams and rivers are also very productive with sockeye salmon in June, pink salmon and Dolly Varden trout in July and silver salmon beginning their spawning runs in August.
Fishing lodges in Port Lions provide visitors a wide range of services including comfortable accommodations, meals and equipment as well as arrange charter fishing adventures into waters between Kodiak, Afognak and Raspberry islands.
Kayaks can be carried over on the Alaska Marine Highway and then used to explore the protected waters created by Kizhuyak Bay, Dry Spruce Bay and Whale and Raspberry Islands.
From May throughout the summer, the waters around Port Lions are excellent places to spot whales, including humpback, fin and Orca. Fishing lodges and local charter captains can arrange whale watching excursions of of Port Lions. Other marine mammals that are frequently spotted include sea otters, sea lions and seals while birding is also very good with hundreds of puffins, eagles and kittiwakes seen in the area.